Add more fruit and vegetables to your diet. Fruit and vegetables are low in calories and nutrient-dense, which means they are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Focus on eating at least five servings of fruit and vegetables and it will naturally fill you up and help you cut back on fats.
Add color. Not only do brighter, deeper colored vegetables contain higher concentrations of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, but they can vary the flavor and make meals more visually appealing.
Liven up salad greens. Branch out beyond lettuce. Kale, arugula, spinach, mustard greens, broccoli, and Chinese cabbage are all packed with nutrients. To add flavor to your salad greens, try drizzling with olive oil, adding a spicy dressing, or sprinkling with almond slices, chickpeas, parmesan, or goat cheese. But don’t overdo the dressings. The fat and calories can add up quickly.
Naturally, satisfy your sweet tooth. Naturally sweet vegetables—such as carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, yams, onions, bell peppers, and squash—add sweetness to your meals and reduce your cravings for added sugar or fats. Add them to your menu for a satisfying sweet kick.
Cook vegetables in new ways. Instead of boiling or steaming these healthy sides, try grilling, roasting, or pan-frying them with chili flakes, garlic, shallots, mushrooms, or onion. Or marinate in your favorite citrus before cooking.